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Affordable Health Choices Act – Implications for Kids in the Health Reform Bill

June 18, 2009

The Senate HELP Committee has released the first major bill outlining its proposal for health reform, the Affordable Health Choices Act.  Here are some of the key points:

  • The bill proposes to expand Medicaid eligibility; however CHIP is not addressed.
  • The bill emphasizes preventive efforts, by requiring health plans to cover children’s preventive care and screenings as outlined by the AAP’s “Bright Futures” initiative. However, the details of coverage for non-preventive pediatric services are left up to the Medical Advisory Council.
  • The bill could include more around creating a “no wrong door” policy concerning enrollment in coverage systems.
  • The bill does not address financing for public programs.

More about the implications for children in the Affordable Health Choices Act can be found on the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Children Health Policy Blog here.

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